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All thanks to the explosive batting lineup of RCB featuring the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB De Villiers.

However, the bookmakers don't favour RCB in their opening match vs the Defending Champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad.

RCB face 2.20 - 1 odds compared to 1.66 - 1 odds in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad.That means if RCB wins, your $1 bet will yield a return of $2.20 compared to $1.66 return if Sunrisers Hyderabad win.But What is the reason of such strong odds against RCB? 

The reason for the same being notable absentees from their explosive line up.

Virat Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during India vs Australia and is set to undergo medical scans in the second week of IPL to get further Update.

High octane, unorthodox batsmen AB De Villiers will miss the first T20 match as he has to appear for international duty.

Their young 19-year old dynamo Sarfaraz Khan is ruled out for the entirety of IPL season owing to the leg injury he sustained during training.

Even their first choice wicket keeper-batsmen KL Rahul will be missing IPL due to shoulder Injury.  

Amidst such notable absentees, Shane Watson will be captaining RCB.

However, the odds are one Gaylestorm away from being smashed.